Kansas State Capitol Building

Kansas State Capitol Building

Kansas State Capitol Building
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Built in 1866, the Capitol building contains magnificent artwork, including murals by native-born artist John Steuart Curry, ornate architectural features and elaborate Senate and House Chambers.
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  • greatauntie27
    Prior Lake, Minnesota58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recent visit
    We enjoy visiting State Capitols. We especially like good guided tours. The tours that morning were overfill so we self toured. We were able to see the regular areas and it’s an attractive building. No complaints and while we wished we could have had a guided tour we don’t whine and moan over things like that.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 14, 2023
  • Jen
    31 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good stop
    Beautiful architecture inside and out. We were there on a cloudy, rainy day, so we spent our time inside. There was construction going on outside, so it may be wise to double check where to park and enter before you go. We did not go on a tour, but if you want to go up in the dome you must. I wish we would’ve gotten there in time for the tour. They were in session, and it was cool getting to see that. The library with the glass block floor is a must see, accessible by a gorgeous iron spiral staircase. I desperately wanted to ride the open cage elevator, but it wasn’t moving and I’m not sure it ever is. It’s a nice quick stop I do recommend.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written May 8, 2023
  • Sheepdog1125
    Spokane, Washington207 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highlight of our Topeka visit.
    We stopped in on a Wednesday afternoon. You go in on the front lower area. The people working the door were very nice. You can walk around at your own leisure. The basement is like a beautiful museum. The whole building was quite beautiful. I would highly recommend this place. Free of charge.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 13, 2023
  • InvisibleReviews
    United States110 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazingly Restored State Capitol
    The state of Kansas restored it's state capitol over a 15 year period from 1999-2014. Beautiful marble, copper, wood and metalwork throughout. If you can do it physically, walk the 296 stairs to the top. You must be on an official tour to do this but it is free. Not a place for those with a fear of heights, because much of the stairways are open and very narrow. The view from the top is spectacular.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written June 10, 2023
  • RetiredTravelerTN
    Nashville, Tennessee3,919 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautifully Restored Kansas Capitol Building
    We enjoyed a great tour of the Kansas State Capitol Building that has been magnificently restored in recent years. Our guide was perfect in both timing and information as she led us through the building explaining the history of the building and state, the murals and other art works, and architectural features. We stayed a little more than two hours spending a little time on our own before the tour and then retracing our steps through parts of the building for more photos after the one-hour tour. This stop was one of the highlights of our recent trip to eastern Kansas. We appreciated the good information on the capitol website about the building, hours, driving directions, and parking.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 2, 2023
  • DustyBuck
    Tucson, Arizona157 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive state capital
    This is a beautifully restored state capital that is worth taking a tour of. You can go with a tour guide or take a self-guided tour. If you can climb 296 steps and are not afraid of heights, the dome tour is spectacular. You get to see the construction of the inner dome and go outside near the top of the outer dome. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and full of all sorts of stories about the capital. Two people in our tour stopped partway and waited for the rest of us. Be aware the dome can get quite warm in the summer.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 21, 2023
  • BigMerk
    Glasgow, United Kingdom2,304 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great State Capitol visit
    This is my 47th State Capitol,visit (though I haven’t managed to get inside all as they often are closed at weekends). This was one of the best. Friendly staff, great looking building, everything so accessible (the State is not just going thru the motions in terms of allowing public access - they let you see nearly everything). The museum at lower ground level is great too.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written September 27, 2023
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Jess_the_TravelBug
143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Do the climb to the top of the dome, it is awesome and super unique. It is well worth the time and any potential fear of heights. I am not scared of heights and I loved it. The displays throughout the capitol are also well done. Highlight of the trip to Topeka!
Written December 11, 2023
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bill p
Glencoe, IL44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The building tour is well worth it! Guides were great, informative, and fun. The recent restoration really was impressive. They restored and updated.
Written November 7, 2023
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540shaunaf
Arvada, CO17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
I loved all the history this capital has to offer. Took the tour and the highlight was going up to the dome. Unlike any other, this stairway to the top is not for anyone that is scareed of heights like me. My husband went up to the top but I was terrified to go up any higher than the base.
Written September 30, 2023
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BigMerk
Glasgow, UK2,304 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
This is my 47th State Capitol,visit (though I haven’t managed to get inside all as they often are closed at weekends). This was one of the best. Friendly staff, great looking building, everything so accessible (the State is not just going thru the motions in terms of allowing public access - they let you see nearly everything). The museum at lower ground level is great too.
Written September 27, 2023
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DustyBuck
Tucson, AZ157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
This is a beautifully restored state capital that is worth taking a tour of. You can go with a tour guide or take a self-guided tour. If you can climb 296 steps and are not afraid of heights, the dome tour is spectacular. You get to see the construction of the inner dome and go outside near the top of the outer dome. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and full of all sorts of stories about the capital. Two people in our tour stopped partway and waited for the rest of us. Be aware the dome can get quite warm in the summer.
Written August 21, 2023
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RetiredTravelerTN
Nashville, TN3,919 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
We enjoyed a great tour of the Kansas State Capitol Building that has been magnificently restored in recent years. Our guide was perfect in both timing and information as she led us through the building explaining the history of the building and state, the murals and other art works, and architectural features.

We stayed a little more than two hours spending a little time on our own before the tour and then retracing our steps through parts of the building for more photos after the one-hour tour. This stop was one of the highlights of our recent trip to eastern Kansas.

We appreciated the good information on the capitol website about the building, hours, driving directions, and parking.
Written July 2, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

char1scott
Mobile, AL503 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
It is a beautiful building. I try and stop at all the state capitals that I pass, and this one was worth it. The tour is available, but the construction surrounding the building made it difficult to locate. Definately worth seeing.
Written June 27, 2023
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InvisibleReviews
United States110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
The state of Kansas restored it's state capitol over a 15 year period from 1999-2014. Beautiful marble, copper, wood and metalwork throughout. If you can do it physically, walk the 296 stairs to the top. You must be on an official tour to do this but it is free. Not a place for those with a fear of heights, because much of the stairways are open and very narrow. The view from the top is spectacular.
Written June 10, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Sheepdog1125
Spokane, WA207 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We stopped in on a Wednesday afternoon. You go in on the front lower area. The people working the door were very nice. You can walk around at your own leisure. The basement is like a beautiful museum. The whole building was quite beautiful. I would highly recommend this place. Free of charge.
Written May 13, 2023
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Jen
31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
Beautiful architecture inside and out. We were there on a cloudy, rainy day, so we spent our time inside. There was construction going on outside, so it may be wise to double check where to park and enter before you go. We did not go on a tour, but if you want to go up in the dome you must. I wish we would’ve gotten there in time for the tour. They were in session, and it was cool getting to see that. The library with the glass block floor is a must see, accessible by a gorgeous iron spiral staircase. I desperately wanted to ride the open cage elevator, but it wasn’t moving and I’m not sure it ever is. It’s a nice quick stop I do recommend.
Written May 8, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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